Mark 9:43-48 • If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched— … And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched— … And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire— This makes a nice case for the necessity of being sanctified unto holiness (i.e. removal of sin)! John 15:1-6 • Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. Christians who do not bear fruit are not abiding in Jesus, and are rejected as worthless. Rom 8:1-13 • There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. … that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. … For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. … For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. Christians who are carnally-minded (walking in the flesh) are headed for eternal death. 1 Cor 15:1-2 • Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. Christians who do not continue in the faith and believing in the gospel have believed in vain. This agrees with what Jesus said about first counting the cost of discipleship. Col 1:21-23 • And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight—if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard Jesus will sanctify Christians unto holiness, IF they steadfastly continue in the faith. Heb 3:6 • … but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end. Christians really belong to Christ IF they hold fast their confidence firm to the end. Heb 10:35-39 • Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: “For yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul. Christians who do not continue to live by faith have actually drawn back to perdition. James 1:12-16 • Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. … But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Christians who fail to overcome the temptation to sin, and do so grievously, do so unto eternal death. 1 Jn 2:3-5 • Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. Christians know they truly love God, and are really "in Christ", when they are keeping His commandments. Rev 2:10-11 • Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death. Christians are "overcoming" when they are continuing until death ... their faith, their sanctification unto holiness, their overcoming sin, and their victory over Satan! This is what Jesus did when He overcame (Rev 3:21). IMO, all of the disobedience, rebellion, habitual sin, etc. of which Christians are guilty ... can be confessed and repented of, enabling them to be fully restored back into God's grace! However, there are some NT passages which really seem to indicate otherwise. .